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Q.  I've been looking for a job for almost a year and the only thing I can find is service jobs well below my bachelors degree in general business. I'm thinking of going back to school, but wonder if even more education will help or hurt my cause?

Ans. It probably will help to be willing to go out and get some new qualifications, because new studies show that education does pay. A recent Salary and Bonus Survey by eFinancialCareers showed that there is a definite reward in the financial sector for going to college and grad school. Each leap in educational level is rewarded with a base salary increase. Survey respondents with a Master's degree earned $28,000 on average more than those with a four-year college degree. So if you have that excellent opportunity-grab it.

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